Slipknot's sophomore album, Iowa, isn't just their heaviest album — it's the one that almost killed them during and after its treacherous recording process. From growing mental health and addiction issues to violence in the studio, that period of the band is marked by the type of chaos that most bands wouldn't be able to survive. All of that anger and untamed frustration is channeled into the demonically crushing music, particularly frontman Corey Taylor's hellish vocal delivery.
His screams on songs like "People=Shit" and "Disasterpiece" are some of the darkest and most fearsome he ever laid to tape, and in a newly-surfaced video from those recording sessions back in 2001, you can see a shirtless Taylor working with producer Ross Robinson in a dark room, screaming like a fucking cursed banshee in a way that sounds like his vocal cords are tearing in real time.
Check out the footage above via YouTube, and make sure you have a throat lozenge nearby to combat the vicarious pain. Below, watch and learn about nine absolutely insane stories from the Iowa years.